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EPO patent information resource "DOCDB"

Product 14.7


DOCDB is the EPO master documentation database with worldwide coverage containing bibliographic data, abstracts, and citations (but no full text or images). Bibliographic data from over 90 countries is available.

Large re-classification contributions by the co-operating patent authorities will not be contained in the weekly DOCDB update, but only in the next backfile. They are included in the Master Classification Database quarterly delivery (MCD - 14.7.1 - download only). Therefore, either the quarterly MCD updates or the DOCDB backfile can be used for a complete update of classifications. 

The product is provided as a consolidated backfile and weekly updates in XML WIPO Standard 36. The complete simple patent family data is also included as a further enhancement to this database. Backfile data includes only family identifier tag and not complete patent families.


Bibliographic data can be retrieved from 1830ies for some patent authorities.

Please see our weekly statistics under "Contents and coverage of the DOCDB bibliographic file".




Frontfile: approx. 1 GByte
Backfile: approx. 65 GBytes


Current year (frontfile data) can be downloaded weekly.
Backfile data is available on a set of DVDs and/or via download.


For price information please refer to the patent information price list under product 14.7 (see "Download" box in top right corner). 

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